Column published Jan. 28, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"A general increase in the pay of the city officials was made by the Council Monday evening, although the ordinance providing for raises in the salaries of the night police was defeated and the sections of the ordinance providing for increased pay of the Mayor and Councilmen struck out. The first salary increase ordinance provided for an increase in the pay of the night police for $50 a month to $65. The Council was evenly divided in the vote on this bill and the Mayor's ballot was needed to decide. He voted against and the ordinance was defeated."
50 Years Ago
"Six members of the board of directors are to be elected at the annual meeting of stockholders of the Audrain County Fair Association. W. Earl Dougherty and Harold Quinlan, co-chairmen announced today that the annual session would be a dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5, at the Hoxsey Hotel. A report of plans and progress for the Fair will be made. Department heads and superintendents will be guests of the association for the dinner. An effort is being made to locate all stockholders or relatives or deceased stockholders, the co-chairmen said."
25 Years Ago
Gary Heim, chairman of the Audrain County Soil and Water Conservation District, recently announced the launching of a petition campaign for renewal of the sales tax that funds Missouri's nation-leading soil conservation program. The sales tax, which is one-tenth of 1 percent, also finances the restoration and managements of the state park system. The soils-park tax, approved by voters in 1984 for five years, expires in 1989. According to Mr. Heim, the tax must be renewed in 1988 in order to prevent a disastrous lapse in these two important conservation programs. The aim of the petition drive is to get the issue on the ballot for the Nov. 8 general election."
10 Years Ago
"Stephen Smith, a representative from Williams Keepers L.L.C., reported 'a very good report' on the results of the City's financial audit for the 2002 fiscal year to the City Council on Monday. 'Various inspections reveal that books are in order, accounting procedures are appropriate, and there were no errors on accounting adjustments needed,' Smith told the Council. Smith also noted that the City of Mexico received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 14th year in a row."
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